Marvel Studios has a mutant problem and it looks like they found a clever way around it. Sources are reporting that Avengers: Age of Ultron will introduce Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver as members of The Inhumans, while completely re-writing their backstory.
For anybody unsure of why Marvel has to do this, it’s pretty simple: they don’t own the rights to X-Men (those are owned by Fox), and because of that Marvel cannot use mutants in their films. This was previously a huge bummer for fans, many of whom couldn’t see how an all-inclusive Marvel Universe as tightly interwoven as the one Marvel is creating right now could go forward without the mutants. Those same fans should be delighted to know, though, that the Inhumans have given Marvel an amazing loophole to work with moving forward, should they want to include other characters that fall inside the “no mutants” rule.
In the comics, the Inhumans were a species of super-powered beings created by aliens who were conducting experiments here on Earth. All the Inhumans lived in secret until they were discovered on the moon. The race of aliens that created the Inhumans, called the Kree, are the biggest connecting factor at play here, since they are going to be featured in Guardians of the Galaxy. This means that, not only has Marvel gone ahead and found a perfect way to put mutants in their movies, but they’ve also found a way to put a nice bow on any continuity issues they may have faced by bringing those characters into the fold. Pretty smooth, though it could get hardcore fans all worked up when you consider they’re re-writing the origin stories of two very well known characters that have been around for decades.
What do you think? Is Avengers: Age of Ultron taking a huge risk by re-working the well known origins of two characters just to get them in the movie, or can we trust them to do the right thing by now? Let us know in the comments below!